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Jo Sullivan Loesser became a musical theatre star with her legendary performances in Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, and opposite Lotte Lenya in the definitive New York production of The Threepenny Opera. At the pinnacle of her career, she married composer Frank Loesser and left the stage, devoting herself to raising their two daughters, Hannah and Emily. After Loesser's untimely death, she returned to performing, honoring her husband with an acclaimed salute called “I Hear Music… of Frank Loesser and Friends” in New York. A vigilant keeper of the flame, Jo toured the country in Guys & Dolls, recreated her role in The Most Happy Fella, and supervised and appeared in the Broadway revue Perfectly Frank.

Regional audiences have been delighted by her performances in A Little Night Music and The King & I, among others. Jo has appeared as guest vocalist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and with major symphony orchestras across the country. Jo and daughter Emily starred in the Off-Broadway revue, Together Again For The First Time, and toured together in the Loesser musical, Where's Charley?. They have also teamed up for concerts, club dates and recordings. Jo served as Artistic Associate for the hit Broadway revival of The Most Happy Fella, and for a production at the New York City Opera, where it is now part of the permanent repertoire.

Jo was instrumental in having Guys & Dolls and How To Succeed in Business… revived on Broadway to much acclaim in the 1990s. She has been the catalyst for and supervised several Loesser events celebrating the Frank Loesser centennial, beginning with a celebration at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, hosted by Michael Feinstein, who joined Jo on-stage for “Baby It's Cold Outside.”

Jo and other members of the Loesser family appear in the bonus interviews on the deluxe 2-disc DVD release of the film version of Guys and Dolls, and in the PBS documentary, “Heart & Soul, The Life and Music of Frank Loesser,” also available on DVD.

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